THE LATEST ALBANY DEMOCRAT IN THE HALL OF SHAME
In case you missed it late last week, Rosa pleaded guilty in federal court to multiple counts of fraud for lying to immigration authorities about her marital relationship, accepting illegal campaign contributions and making false statements to a federal bankruptcy court.
OH BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
Oct 1, 2014 – ALBANY… The Daily News reported today that Andrew Cuomo has been caught interfering with the state government’s ethics apparatus – again. According to the exclusive report, Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman felt she had to include a Cuomo press aide on what… read more >
See Also – ICYMI: Politico “Cuomo’s Slo-Mo Disaster”
Aug 11, 2014 – In case you missed it, Politico Magazine published a great piece about Andrew Cuomo and possible charges of obstruction of justice over the closure of the Moreland Commission on Corruption. This is big. Give it a read: Cuomo’s Slo-Mo Disaster by Jeff Smith August 10, 2014… read more >
Sep 29, 2014 – We want to make sure you don’t miss Rob’s latest ad, which airs statewide tomorrow. The stakes this year couldn’t be more clear: Andrew Cuomo is under federal investigation and may end up in jail. Is this the kind of Governor we want to reelect? Watch the ad below, then share it… read more >
The Republican gubernatorial hopeful, citing six recent state Board of Elections decisions tossing Democratic Senate candidates off the WEP ballot line because of unlawful nominating petitions, said that both the US Attorney’s Office and district attorneys where the Senate races are being held should seek to hold those responsible criminally liable.
“I think that law enforcement should look at this pattern of fraudulent behavior by the Cuomo campaign,’’ Astorino, the Westchester County executive, told The Post. “The fact that so many of the signatures were thrown out indicates that the gathering was done by the same team.
“Somebody needs to investigate this. It could be the US Attorney’s Office, it could be the district attorneys, but it needs to be investigated because you’re talking about the integrity of the electoral process,’’ he continued.
The Board of Elections last week knocked Democrat Justin Wagner, running to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Greg Ball (R-Putnam), off the WEP line after invalidating 60 percent of the 4,602 petition signatures filed on his behalf.
Earlier this month, upstate Democratic Sen. Cecelia Tkaczyk was also denied the WEP line after the board determined that 3,160 of 4,444 signatures on her behalf were invalid. The state board invalidated WEP petitions for four other Democratic Senate hopefuls.
In August, Astorino’s lawyers filed a “general challenge” to Cuomo’s WEP petitions after concluding that “there was obvious fraud’’ involving many of the signatures, said spokeswoman Jessica Proud.
But they didn’t follow up with the legally required “specific challenges’’ because of a lack of time and a lack of funds to pay for the legal costs involved, according to Proud.
Cuomo established the new WEP line in July in hopes of boosting his showing among female voters. He has also vowed to use it to help Democrats win a majority of seats in the Senate.
A vacancy for the nomination depends at this late date on the success of a Democratic Party effort to maneuver Denenberg off the ballot for Senate.